Obama says would not accept Geithner resignation

CBS correspondent Steve Kroft (L) interviews President Barack Obama in the White House March 20, 2009 for the March 22 airing of 60 Minutes. REUTERS/Aaron Tomlinson-CBS News/60 Minutes/Handout

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said he would not accept Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s resignation if it was offered, according to excerpts from a television interview to be broadcast on Sunday.

Obama said he would tell Geithner: “Sorry buddy you’ve still got the job.” The Treasury secretary has been under fire from some lawmakers for his handling of the AIG bonus scandal.

U.S. television network CBS, which secured the interview, said Obama told its “60 Minutes” program that neither he nor Geithner had mentioned his resignation from his Treasury post.

Reporting by Ross Colvin; Editing by Eric Walsh